Recommended Summer Reading for Children

Here are some suggestions for books to read with your children during the summer or all year round.

Great Family Read Alouds

  • All the world by Elizabeth Scanlan.
  • Bark, George by Jules Feiffer.
  • Bee bim bop by Linda Sue Park.
  • Bear snores on by Karma Wilson.
  • Bunny cakes by Rosemary Wells.
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.
  • Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus series & Knuffle Bunny series by Mo Willems.
  • Fables by Arnold Lobel.*
  • First day jitters by Julie Dannenberg.
  • Froggy books by Jonathan   London.
  • Gaston by Kelly Dipuccio.
  • Grasshopper & the ant by Jerry Pinkney.
  • Ice cream summer by Peter Sis.
  • Joseph had a little overcoat by Simms Taback.*
  • Kite flying by Grace Lin.
  • Kittens first full moon by Kevin Henkes. *
  • Lenny & Lucy by Philip Stead.
  • Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans.
  • Make way for ducklings by Robert McClosky.
  • Man who walked between the towers by Mordecai Gerstein. *
  • Max’s Words by Kate Banks.
  • My friend rabbit by Eric Rohmann. *
  • Night gardener by Terry Fan.
  • Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman.
  • Power down little robot by Anna Stanizewski.
  • Red is a dragon by Roseanne Thong.
  • Sam & Dave dig a hole by Mac Barnett.
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. *
  • Strega Nona books by Tomie dePaola.
  • Scaredy Squirrel books by Melanie Watt.
  • Surf’s up by Kwame Alexander.
  • Ten rules of being a superhero by Deb Pilutti.
  • Three pigs by David Wiesner.
  • Treat by Mary Sullivan.
  • True story of the three little pigs and The stinky Cheese man by Jon Scieszka.
  • Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak. *
  • Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats.
  • 8 : an animal alphabet by Elisha Cooper.

The above books are all jP.   * means Caldecott Award winner.

  • Adelita a Mexican Cinderella by Tomie dePaola.
  • American tall tales by Mary Pope Osborne.
  • Anansi Tales by Eric Kimmel.
  • Anno’s Aesop by Aesop/
  • Classic Fairy tales by Berlie Doherty.
  • Fairy tales for little folks by Will Moses.
  • Lon Po Po a Red Riding Hood story from China by Ed Young. *
  • Rough face girl by Rafe Martin.
  • Hercules by Robert Burleigh.
  • How chipmunk got his stripes by Robert Bruchac.
  • John Henry, Paul Bunyan, & Pecos Bill by Stephen Krensky.
  • Legend of bluebonnet by Tomi dePaola.
  • Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Hyman.
  • One grain of rice by Demi.
  • Rumpelstiltskin by Paul Galdone
  • Selkie girl by Susan Cooper.

These and many other great books are in the j 398.2 section.

Series Books

Beginner Readers

  • Biscuit by Alyssa Capucilli.
  • Murilla Gorilla Jennifer Lloyd.
  • Frog & Toad by Arnold Lobel.
  • Katie Woo by Fran Manushkin
  • Tiny series by Cari Meister
  • Little Bear by Elsa Minarik.
  • Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish.
  • Henry & Mudge, Mr. Putter & Tabby by Cynthia Rylant.
  • Nate the great by Marjorie Sharmat.
  • Elephant & Piggie by Mo Willems

Paperback series

  • Humphrey series by Betty Birney.
  • Zoey & Sassafrass by Asia Citro
  • My weird school by Dan Gutman.
  • Space Taxi by Wendy Mass
  • Rainbow Fairies by Daisy Meadows.
  • Galaxy Jack by Ray O’Ryan
  • Magic Treehouse by Mary Osborne.
  • Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.
  • Jigsaw Jones by James Preller.
  • A to Z mysteries by Ron Roy.
  • Marvin Redpost by Louis Sachar.
  • Encyclopedia Brown by D. Sobol.
  • Geronimo Stilton by Stilton.
  • I survived by Lauren Tarshis.
  • Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner

Chapter Book series

  • Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger
  • Ivy & Bean by Annie Barrows.
  • Secret books by Pseudonymous Bosch.
  • Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley.
  • Ramona books by Beverly Cleary.
  • Land of stories by Chris Colfer
  • Artemis Fowle by Eoin Colfer.
  • Amber Brown by Paula Danziger.
  • Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo.
  • Spiderwick by Tony DiTerlizzi.
  • Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau.
  • Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald.
  • Mr. Lemoncello by Chris Grabenstein
  • Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths
  • Baseball card series by Dan Gutman
  • Judy Moody by Megan McDonald.
  • Princess in black by Shannon Hale
  • Just Grace by Charise Harper.
  • Warriors by Erin Hunter.
  • Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.
  • Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
  • Lulu series by Hilary McKay
  • Franklin School friends by Claudia Mills
  • Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo.
  • Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis.
  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker.
  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.
  • Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka.
  • Series of unfortunate events by Lemony Snicket.
  • Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  • Dear America by Various authors.
  • Girls who code by Various authors
  • Spirit Animals by Various authors.
  • 39 Clues by Various Authors.
  • Voyagers series by Various authors.

Many of the Chapter books will be found in both Hardcover fiction and Paperback.

Chapter Books for Grades  3 & 4

  • Wishtree and One and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • A boy called Bat by Elena Arnold
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
  • Jack Plank tells tales and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • The war I finally won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Wild Robot escapes by Peter Brown
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary.
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements.
  • The BFG, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The Witches and more by Roald Dahl.
  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.
  • Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo.**
  • Out of my mind by Sharon Draper
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes.
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh.
  • Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman.**
  • The Metropolitans by Carol Goodman
  • Beatrice Zinker upside down thinker by S. Joannes
  • Amina’s voice by Hena Khan
  • Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Key to extraordinary by Natalie LLoyd
  • Ruby Lu, Brave & True by Lenore Look.
  • Sarah, Plain & Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.
  • The ninth ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Rump by Liesel Shurtleff
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.**
  • Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
  • Diva and Flea by Mo Willems
  • Gone crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Beyond the bright sea by Lauren Wolk

These books are in jFIC or jPB. Titles with ** are Newbery Award Winners

Easy Non-Fiction for Grades K to 2

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  • jE/PB     Arnold, Tedd   Fly Guy presents (Series)
  • jE           Branley, Franklyn  Down comes the rain
  • jE           Branley, Franklyn  Let’s read and find out series
  • jE           Seuss, Dr. Cat in the hat learning library (Series)
  • jE           Thomson, Sarah Amazing whales
  • jE           Wallace Tale of a tadpole
  • jP           Adler, David Babe and I
  • jP           Floca, Brian Locomotive
  • jP           Heos, Bridget I fly : the buzz about flies
  • jP           Nobleman, Marc Boys of Steel

Non-Fiction for Grades 2 to 4

  • j 031.02 N      National Geographic  Weird but true (S)
  • j 031.02 S       Shields, Amy  Little kids first big book of why
  • j 344.74 G      Goodman, Susan  First step
  • j 523.44 R       Rusch, Elizabeth   Impact
  • j 532.25 A       Adler, David  Things that float
  • j 552 G            Basher, Simon  Rocks and minerals
  • j 591.4 J          Jenkins, Steve  Egg : natures perfect package
  • j 597.3 M        Markle, Sandra  Sharks : biggest, littlest
  • j 598.3 T         Thornhill, Jan  Tragic tale of the great auk
  • j 599.6 H         Hatkoff, Isabella  Owen and Mzee
  • j 599.88 A       Applegate, Katherine  Ivan: remarkable true story of the shopping mall gorilla
  • j 621.45 K       Kamkwamba, William  Boy who harnessed the wind
  • j 633.7 S          Applegate, Katherine  No monkeys, no chocolate
  • j 920 C             Clinton, Chelsea  She persisted
  • j 920.72 H       Harrison, Vashti  Little leaders : bold black women
  • j 973.4 J          Jumain, Suzanne  Worst of friends
  • j 976 W           Weatherford, Carole  Freedom in Congo Square
  • j 979.1 C         Chin, Jason  Grand Canyon
  • various           Osborne, Mary  Magic Tree House Fact tracker

Biographies

  • jB Basquiat      Steptoe, Javaka    Radiant child
  • jB Blackwell     Stone, Tanya    Who says women can’t be doctors
  • jB Bridges        Bridges, Ruby   Through my eyes
  • jB Coleburn     Walker, Sally    Winnie: True story of the bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh
  • jB Cousteau     Berne, Jennifer    Manfish
  • jB Dahl             Dahl, Roald    Boy : tales of childhood
  • jB Einstein       Brown, Don    Odd boy out
  • jB Ginsburg     Levy, Debbie    I dissent : RBG makes her mark
  • jB Martinez     Tavares, Matt    Growing up Pedro
  • jB Sagan          Sisson, Stephanie    Star stuff : Carl Sagan
  • jB Scieszka      Scieszka, Jon    Knucklehead
  • jB Switzer        Barton, Chris    Day-Glo brothers
  • jB White          Sweet, Melissa    Some writer : E. B. White
  • Biography series   Sanchez Vegara, Ma    Little people, big dreams (S)
  • Biography series   Various authors    Who was series

Graphic Novels

Grades K to 2

  • Bliss, Harry         Luke on the Loose
  • Boothby, Ian      Sparks
  • Clanton, Ben      Narwhal and Jelly (S)
  • Eaton, Maxwell  Flying Beaver Brothers (S)
  • Hayes, Geoffrey  Benny & Penny (S)
  • Holm, Jennifer    Babymouse (S)
  • Holm, Jennifer    Squish (S)
  • Pastis,Stephan    Pearls before swine (S)
  • Runton, Andy     Owly (S)
  • Spires, Ashley     Binky adventures (S)

Grades 3 to 5

  • Bell, Cece  El Deafo
  • Duffy   Fairy tale comics
  • Hatke, Ben   Zita the space girl (S)
  • Jamieson, Victoria  All’s Faire in middle school
  • Krosoczka, Jarrett   Lunch Lady (S)
  • Martin, Ann M.       Babysitter’s club (S)
  • Nursery      Nursery rhyme comics
  • Simpson, Dana   Phoebe and her unicorn (S)
  • Soo, Kean   Jellaby (S)
  • Telgemeier, Raina  Smile ; Sisters ; Drama
  • Winick, Judd   Hilo (S)